A few days ago, more than 5,000 Final Fan­ta­sy 14 play­ers accounts were banned. Accord­ing to the devel­op­ment team, these play­ers were engaged in real-mon­ey trad­ing and adver­tise­ments, which could have ruined the game’s balance.

On the game’s offi­cial web­site, Square Enix said 5,037 accounts were banned for par­tic­i­pa­tion in real-mon­ey trad­ing and “oth­er illic­it activ­i­ties,” while anoth­er 814 were banned for adver­tis­ing real-mon­ey trading.

Play­ers can sub­mit a cheat­ing report with­in the game to help with this prob­lem, and can also report adver­tise­ments to stop oth­ers from offer­ing these ser­vices in the game. This is unlike­ly to com­plete­ly elim­i­nate the prob­lem, but it should help reduce its presence.

Sell­ing pow­er-lev­el­ing ser­vices and gear you don’t want for real mon­ey in MMO games is not new, but it will always be frus­trat­ing to deal with the “pay-to-win” men­tal­i­ty. “… play­ers should take care to steer clear of any activ­i­ty that vio­lates the Terms of Ser­vice,” Square Enix added.

Final Fan­ta­sy 14 will receive its next expan­sion, End­walk­er, lat­er this year. The next sin­gle-play­er game in the series, Final Fan­ta­sy 16, is cur­rent­ly in the works for PS5